White Teeth Teens Analysis

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Similarly, Lorde describes white teeth to separate herself further from society, but more so on a local scale. In her song “White Teeth Teens,” Lorde addresses the popular teenagers with white teeth as their defining characteristic. These teens are the ones striving to fit the media’s ideal standards of perfection, while Lorde herself outright states “I’ll let you in on something big / I am not a White Teeth Teen.” Interestingly enough, her exclusion was self-induced, as she goes on to explain “I tried to join but never did,” meaning being a part of that group was a possibility, but it wasn’t appealing enough to join.
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